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Tuesday, 14 August 2018 06:23

Local Policemen Martyred in Balkh

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Mazar-e-Sharif (BNA) Eight local policemen and popular uprisings were martyred in Balkh province last night.
Zabiullah Zahid governor of Charboldak district, Balkh province told BNA local correspondent, the policemen were martyred while they faced with ambush of Taliban in outskirt of Charboldak District of the province.
T. Yarzada
 

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Qala-e-Naw (BNA) Head of criminal Dept. of Qads District, Badghis province with his three colleagues were martyred last night.
Mohammad Ibrahim Gereftar care-taker of Qads security command told BNA correspondent, the militaries were martyred while attack of Taliban on police checkpoint in outskirt of the mentioned district.
Three other soldiers were also injured in the attack.
He added, heavy casualties inflected to Taliban, but exact figures is not clear yet.
T. Yarzada

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Sentar and Gomoz private companies would invest multimillion dollars for extraction of gold in Badakhshan and copper in Balkhaab of Sar-i-Pul provinces.
According to a presidential statement, the contracts on these two mines were confirmed after assessments of inter-ministerial committee of Ministries of Mines and Petroleum, Education and Finance.
The statement adds that these two private companies are technically eligible and after signing the contracts financial guarantee will be taken.
Talking to media, spokesman of the MoMP Abdul Qadeer Mutfi said, offering of contracts has taken place in a transparent manner and these two private companies are expected to invest multi-million dollars there and provide employment opportunities for dozens of people.
According to Mutfi, exploration and exploitation contracts of gold mine have been offered to a private Afghan-Turk company for 30 years and totally US$ 70m will be invested in above two stages, but likely the investment would increase according to need.
He added, contract on extraction of Balkhaab copper was given to Afghan Mines and Gold private company for 30 years and US $ 61m would be invested there.
In its website, the Gomoz Co has written that the copper mine in Balkhaab district, Sar-e-Pul province contains an area of about 500 square kilo meters and over 100 million tons of copper.
These two contracts have been offered by the Afghan government while in the past SIGAR had several times reported on illegal mines extraction and corruption in mines contracts. Based on SIGAR report, only in 2015 about 2000 tons of Lapis at a cost of US $ 60m-120m were illegally extracted in Badakhshan.
Beside corruption and improper investment conditions, security threat is another major challenge that have always prevent implementation of mines extraction projects in Afghanistan.
In the last over one and half decade, the Afghan government has held tens mines extraction contracts with domestic and foreign private companies but most of them have been facing legal, technical or economic problems.
At the same time the Afghan experts said that a number of those mines extraction contracts remain on paper due to different reasons or the concerned companies stop operation on mines.
Economist Sher Ali Tazri said a number of these companies consider insecurity as an important reason of stopping work. Insecurity is really an urgent issue.
In my opinion, security measures should be earlier taken on mine extraction sties. Corruption and powerful local individual are other threats.
Shukria Kohistani
 

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Second coordination meeting of the Ministry of Women’s Affairs with media on violence against women was recently held in Kabul.
Addressing the meeting, chairwoman of Information and Public Relations for the Ministry of Women’s Affairs Shakila Nazari said, media should raise awareness on women related issues and provide information to society on their activities.
Touching challenges and problems ahead of journalists and reporters on collection of information, Nazari said, on Nov 25, Afghanistan Independent Human Right Commission released data on violence against women while the Ministry of Women released a different data, emphasizing on coordination and establishment of good mechanism in the future. A publication policy on women by the MoWA would be a good step for improvement of women situation.
She added, people and government have a lot of expectations from MoWA regardless of its limited resources. “We cannot cover all social, political and cultural spheres. Every positive step by every organ is an indirect help and cooperation with MoWA that leave its impact on laws, polices and plans. Media should play their role in reflection of these programs.”
Talking to the meeting, cultural advisor of the MoWA Farooq Sawab said, journalists and reporters are members of the government’s 4th pillar. “We have today invited a number of journalists to establish coordination with MoWA.
The role of journalists and reporters is outstanding and they are forerunners of freedom, justice and torch bearers of social development.
This meeting would be a new experience based on which I hope our next meeting would be a stronger and bigger one,” he added.
Touching insufficient training programs in audiovisual media, the MoWA authorities said that these media should further focus on publication of educational programs.
Masouda Qarizada
 

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Kabul (BNA) An old fort surrounded by forty protection towers located in second Yekawalang district, Bamyan province according to its paintings and architecture belongs to Buddhism and Islamic eras.
In an interview with The Kabul Times reporter, acting head of Bamyan provincial department of information and culture Ahmad Hussain Ahmadpoor said, fortunately, historical sites are abundant in Bamyan.
Almost 20 days earlier, a team of MoIC archaeologists and cultural experts visited five historical sites in Saighan district. Another important historical sites of Qala Sarposhak was surveyed in Shebar district recently too.
Ahmadpoor added there is an underground cave that takes 40 minutes that leads to a spring that supplies water. Currently there are 37 semi-destroyed towers in this site and some paintings could be seen on their walls. No archeological researches have taken place there, but it seems to belong to Buddhist and Islamic eras. This area contains a vast compound and one stupa called Chelagan. There are other historical sites in this district too which are closely related to each other.
Historically these architectures are similar to Shahr-e-Zuhak. All these sites require strong care and rebuilding. “Without cooperation of the MoIC, we cannot take any step. We have only one archeologist in Bamyan while for archaeological researches a strong team is direly needed plus sufficient budget,” he added.
Acting head went on saying that Chelborj was in a bad condition and in urgent need of rebuilding
This area has plenty of visitors.
Talking on illegal excavations, Ahmadpoor said, fortunately in recent years, security forces have been stationed there and take care of ancient sites and prevent illegal excavations.
“One CP has been set up in Chehelborj site and for the moment we have no concern on illegal excavations as so far no legal excavations have taken place.”
Rebuilding of Chehelborj brings good revenue to the government but one of the main problem is lack of good roads and visitors and tourists are facing problems and due to bad unpaved roads even some tourists and visitors avoid going there.
Karima Malikzada
 

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Fazel Sancharaki, the Deputy Minister of Information and Culture on Publications Affairs, the other day has opened the photo exhibition in the National Achieve, BNA reported Monday.
Up to 100 of the old Kabul city photos have been displayed in the show, which is expected to continue for one week, said the agency.
The deputy minister speaking on the occasion, said: “Today’s photo exhibition features the past Kabul city face and remind the young generation with the past architectural and art relics of the ancient city and the ministry supports holding of such exhibition said the agency.
The National Achieve Director, Mohammad Afsar Rahbin also spoke in the ceremony and said up to 100 pictures from the old Kabul city were displayed, a move which could be called a link between the old and new Kabul, recalling the life style and culture of the old Kabul city, the agency said.
 

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Kabul (BNA)  The Ministry of Information and Culture, in a statement on Monday, strongly rejected as baseless what it described a social media rumor toward the acting minister Hasina Safi’s allegedly announcement of a ban on the traditional Chadari (a type of full face to toe burqa) by the Afghan women.
The statement quoted the acting and nominee minister of information and culture to say that she was strongly committed to the country’s accepted traditions, under the sacred religious teachings and noble Afghan culture.
“Ms. Safi, since the beginning of her tenure as the acting and nominee minister of information and culture has tried to further popularize the country’s accepted traditions,” said the statement.
The statement blamed those ominous circles who wanted to create obstacles before the popularization of the country’s noble traditions and culture, are spreading rumor to disturb the pubic minds.  “Such behaviors have clearly been described in the mass media law.”
 

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Kabul (BNA)  Defense and Interior ministers in a press briefing assured of the country’s security and defense forces control over Ghazni city, which recently witnessed heavy attacks from the Taliban militants, BNA reported Monday.
Referring to its website, the agency said round 194 militants have been killed and more than 147 others wounded, during the offensives, the agency said.
Interior minister also confirmed the death of 100 soldiers, but said 50 commandos have tactically retreated to the adjacent districts of the province and up to 1000 fresh troops have been dispatched to suppress enemy in the province, according to the agency.
Both defense and interior ministers assured of positive changes in the next 24 hours in the province, as they assured the city was under the security and defense forces control, the agency said.
Chief of army staff and senior security deputy of the ministry of interior would lead military operations against the enemy in the provincial security and defense headquarter, said the agency.
 

Tuesday, 14 August 2018 06:05

FM Rabbani Meets NATO General Commander

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Acting Minister of Foreign affairs Salahuddin Rabbani met yesterday with NATO’s Resolute Support commander to Afghanistan Gen. John Nicholson.
In the meeting. Gen./ Nicholson by briefing ways of pressure for convincing Taliban to peace talks considered stability in Afghanistan as key for the international community.
Acting minister of foreign affairs also praised the international community in particular Gen. Nicholson for efforts in this regard.  In the meeting, both sides discussed current security situation in the country, elections, peace talks and US strategy for Afghanistan and South Asia.  According to another report, Acting Minister of foreign affairs Salahuddin Rabbani also met with Chinese ambassador Liu Jinsong.
 

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Kabul (BNA) In gender and women affairs committee’s session held under the chairmanship of Second Vice President Sarwar Danesh, policy of access of women to right of heirloom and property and detailed report regarding Promote (women empowerment program) was delivered.
In the session, second vice president by praising the Promote team and USAID considered women empowerment program as common goal of the people, government of Afghanistan and international organizations and stressed on strengthening the program.
He added that close cooperation between the Promote USAID and government institutions as MRRD, MoRR, MoE and other relevant institutions could prevent from repeating works and increase mutual cooperation.
Second vice president also stressed that ministry of women affairs should deliver report of Promote program to gender and women affairs committee so that government institutions could take effective steps towards maintaining cooperation.
He added that executors of the Promote program should have close cooperation with Independent Administrative Reforms and Civil Services to convince trained women and girls to be absorbed in government institutions through competition programs.
Second vice president also asked the Promote USAID to further pay attention to low-developed provinces and implement the program there.
Promote or empowerment of women is a partnership between the Government of Afghanistan and the United States Agency for International Development to secure the gains made by Afghan women in the past decade while providing a new generation of Afghan women with the leadership skills to make vital contributions to Afghanistan’s development in governance, civil society, and the economy.
Based on report of USAID and Promote team, women empowerment programs have been implemented in various sections as development of women leadership, women in government, women in economy and partnership of women, which resulted in good achievements.
 

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